Tragic Flaw In Antigone

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“There is no happiness where there is no wisdom; no wisdom but in submission to the gods. Big words are always punished, and proud men in old age learn to be wise” (245). In these final words said by the Choragos, he explains an important lesson learned by the tragic hero in the play “Antigone,” written by Sophocles. In this tragic play, Creon, Antigone’s uncle and the new king of Thebes, gives Eteocles a formal burial but forbids one to Polyneices because of his traitorous act against the city. Antigone, who believes both of her brothers should receive proper burials, defies Creon’s law and secretly buries Polyneices herself, eventually leading Creon to declare her death punishment. Rather than Antigone, Creon is the tragic hero of the play …show more content…
Haimon informs his father that the soul of a “man who maintains that only he has the power to reason correct, the gift to speak,” actually “turns out empty” (219). Haimon also uses a poetic analogy, explaining that “in flood time [one] can see how some trees bend, and because they bend, even their twigs are safe” (219). He indirectly compares Creon to a stubborn tree that does not bend with the current and eventually snaps. Similarly, Tiresias warns Creon that he will have to pay back “corpse for corpse, flesh of [his] own flesh” and that, in a few days, his house will be “full of men and women weeping” (234). Although both characters offer rational advice and fear-arousing warnings, it is not until the Choragos acknowledges that he “cannot remember when [Tiresias] was ever false” when Creon finally admits it is difficult to “risk everything for stubborn pride” (235). Creon’s excessive pride has consumed him so much that his mind was impenetrable to the opinions of his own son and of a wise prophet, ultimately dragging him down to his doom. This idea incites fear in the reader because of the realistic possibility of possessing the same fatal

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